Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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A Richmond, Virginia jury awarded a 34 year old pedestrian $8 million – the full damages award she sought – after a Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) bus hit her while crossing the street and leaving her with spinal, shoulder, hip and pelvic injuries that will affect her for the rest of her life. Unfortunately, this is not the first accident involving a GRTC bus.

$8M Virginia personal injury award

Richmond Virginia resident Meikiu Lo was in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to news reports, Lo, a research librarian at the Library of Virginia, was crossing a street in Richmond when a GRTC bus hit her. She suffered spinal and shoulder damage and multiple hip and pelvic fractures that will force her to undergo multiple surgeries in the next 15 years. She also suffers from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the bus accident.

She hired a Virginia injury attorney and filed a lawsuit against the GRTC alleging that the bus driver, who has since been fired, was negligent. Although GRTC offered to settle the case for $1.8 million, Lo and her attorney took the case to trial where a jury awarded her the full amount of damages she requested – $8 million. Part of the reason that she suffers from continuing PTSD is that another GRTC bus accident recently occurred that killed a pedestrian.

GRTC bus accident kills pedestrian

A recent GRTC bus accident that killed a 55 year old Richmond woman has the GRTC bus driver facing a hearing on reckless driving and, although a wrongful death lawsuit has not yet been filed against the transit company, it is highly likely that one will in the very near future. News of this most recent death affected Lo in a way that she would have never imagined as the anxiety she felt about her own accident was renewed after she heard about the latest GRTC tragedy.

Transit accidents are simply a fact of life. However, whether the bus, train or taxi driver acted recklessly or not, injured victims are entitled to be compensated for their injuries. Sometimes those injuries are physical, other times they are emotional and in most cases, they are a combination of the two. If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of another, contact an experienced injury lawyer in your state to discuss your situation, evaluate your options and find out whether you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries.